S.Africa's Zuma asks parliament to reconsider mineral bill

by Reuters 2 views0

Nigeria's NNPC hasn't accounted for $50 bln in oil sales – Cbank OML 42 sale causes Nigerian oil workers to shut down official business and activities at the headquarters of the corporation. PHOTO: Getty

Zuma believed it might not survive a potential challenge that it is unconstitutional, the government said.

(READ MORE: S.Africa’s mineral resources bill a threat to investors: Experts )

Parliament passed the changes to its main petroleum law last March, alarming companies such as Shell, Total and Exxon Mobil, which are looking to explore in South Africa.

“After careful consideration of the Bill and the submissions received, the President is of the view that the Bill as it stands would not pass constitutional muster,” the Presidency said in a brief statement on Friday.

Zuma must assent to and sign all bills passed by parliament before they become South African law.

(READ MORE: S.Africa considers declaring certain minerals as “strategic” –)

Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi said in July the government might reconsider the legislation to ensure that investors could make profits while securing a place for the state in the sector.

The government has outlined ambitious plans for oil and gas exploration in coastal waters that it says could contain as much as 9 billion barrels of crude and vast quantities of natural gas.